Christianity in Lars and The Real Girl
When I saw Lars and the Real Girl on the choices of movies for this project, I knew exactly what I wanted to write about. I really enjoyed this movie and its uniqueness. This movie has the most unique plot I have ever witnessed in a film. At the end of the movie, Margo says to Lars, “There will never be one like her” in reference to Bianca. In reality, there will never be a movie like this one. What I enjoyed most about this film was it was a Christian film but wasn’t a Christian film. What I mean by that is that it didn’t just throw Christianity in your face while watching it. Nothing about this film seemed fake. It never seemed as if the writer was trying to tell you one specific message of the film. The writer was simply telling a story, and leaving it up to the audience to figure out what the message of the story was for that particular person. The writer left it up for the audience’s interpretation. Everything in this film seemed genuine and real. It was something that I really could see happening at my church community. I will be honest when I first read the initial plot before I watched the movie; I was skeptical of how this movie would involve Christianity, but after watching the whole movie I saw that there were elements of Christianity all throughout the movie. From the perception of the church to the common beliefs of the characters, the Christian faith was shown in all aspects of the movie. Lars and the Real is not only a movie, but it is a lesson that through faith and the strength of a community a troubled soul can be healed. There are four specific items I am going to address in this paper: the message of the film regarding the Christian metanarrative, the way Christianity was portrayed in the film, the way the characters and the director made Christianity apparent in the film, and the way the film connects to our class, God and The Good Life.
There were several different messages of the film regarding Christianity.
There were three messages in particular that stood out to me. The first message was that genuine love enables us to reach out to those who are different from us and treat them as if they were members of our family. One of the places where this often happens is within a Christian community (Robinson). Lars is going through a tough time in his life where it would be easy for his church community to call him crazy and not show him the love of Christ. Another message that was extremely evident in the film was the healing power of the community. The church community really reached out to Lars and bought into his “fantasy” that he was living in. I had a very interesting talk with my mom about this movie after I told her what it was about and that I was writing a paper about it. She asked me the question, “If Jesus was on Earth, would He buy into Lars’s “fantasy”? That question really made me think and I had to go look back at situations in the Bible were God helped those who were...